Proud dad Michael Owen has criticized a girls’ under-18s football coach for a sickening tweet about his daughter Gemma, a Love Island star. The former Liverpool and Manchester United forward reacted rudely to football coach Paul Proud’s account after admitting he didn’t want to see the 19-year-old kiss on ITV’s dating show.
The response from Paul’s account was, “Can’t wait to see her get crushed,” followed by a stream of smiling emojis and a thumbs up. BT Sport pundit Michael was outraged by the comment, tweeting back: “What a fine example of a man in your position of responsibility.”
Proud’s Twitter feed claimed he was a scout and manager for Glasgow City FC’s youth academy, a girls’ and women’s football club and also an ex-pro player. The account has since been deleted and there are unconfirmed reports in other media that he has resigned from his position.
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Michael, 42, went on to say that this post was one of “hundreds of examples.” “I only selected it from hundreds of examples,” he tweeted. “Well done, I’m used to locker room chatter/stick grabs. And you’re right, nobody ever says anything to your face!”
Another follower of @DonnyScouse praised Gemma, telling him: “To be honest she hasn’t set foot wrong, she’s a very mature 19-year-old, she knows dads are watching.” And Michael replied “Thanks Jacky” with a thumbs up.
Dressage rider Gemma’s life in the TV villa, a week into the eighth series, is about to be rocked by the arrival of her ex-boyfriend rugby player Jacques O’Neill, 23. On Friday, she was paired up again with fishmonger Luca Bish , 23, after being linked to business owner Davide Sanclimenti, 27, of Manchester.
After the tense episode of the re-pairing, a teaser clip showed Gemma’s ex approaching the villa. And a shocked Gemma heard the other girls say “that’s my ex-boyfriend” when they saw him.
Rugby league player Jacques has been released from his contract as he prepares to enter Love Island. Super League club Castleford Tigers confirmed his release “to enable him to take advantage of another opportunity” and said they have the first option to re-sign him that he wants to resume his rugby league career.
A Tigers statement said: “Castleford Tigers can confirm that the club has agreed to release Jacques O’Neill from his contract so that he can seize another opportunity. The Tigers have the first option to bring O’Neill back next year. if he wants to return to rugby league.
Known for his fearless attitude on the pitch, the Cumbria-born 23-year-old is a proud product of the Tigers youth system. Castleford Tigers would like to wish Jacques well on his new opportunity and thank him for his efforts as Tiger thus far.”
The MEN has contacted Glasgow City FC for comment.